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Spartans (Midlands)
Kidderminster
A Bushell (2), M Foulds, T Wayne, A Garbett (2)
Tries
Unknown
T Hardy (5)
Conversions
T Hardy
Penalties
Unknown
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

43 - 8 Spartans Take Last Home Game Win

43 - 8

Spartans 43, Kidderminster 8.

Spartans signed off their home season with a determined effort against a lively Kidderminster side in pretty much ideal rugby conditions at Coppice Lane.

The visitors were very quickly out of the blocks and the opening ten minutes belonged to them as they made an early siege on the Spartan tryline, but the home defence just about held firm and all 'Kiddy could muster was a well struck penalty. As the post Annual Dinner hangovers started to disappear Spartans got up to speed and a ball threaded through the defence sat up very kindly for the backs to score, before the forwards added another through the scrum. Kiddy came back into the game with some excellent running and handling, but Spartans kept their eyes on four outstanding players and manged the threats well, before a turnover ball allowed Matthew Southam to race in for a 15 - 3 half time lead.

Once again it was Kidderminster who started the second half very quickly, and some excellent running and handling again tested the black scramble defence. Persistence paid off for the visitors who scored a fine try on the left, but the kick was missed and only a one-score gap remained. Spartans upped their game at just the right time and some remarkably sensible decisions backed up by some good combinations between forwards and backs put them back on the front foot. Despite competing well, 'Kiddy couldn't stop the flow and the try count rose as the pressure increased, with Spartans securing a bonus point try before adding three more at regular intervals. The visitors kept their attack going at a lively pace and the Men In Black could never relax, but lady luck stayed with the home side and the game finished with Spartans worthy winners and a flattering scoreline.

This week Spartans play their penultimate fixture with yet another tough test at Leek.

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Key moments

10:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Kidderminster
15:00
Try Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
16:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00
Try Mike Foulds scores for Spartans (Midlands)
26:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00
Penalty Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00
Try Tom Wayne scores for Spartans (Midlands)
51:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00
Try Try for Kidderminster
65:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
66:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
79:00
Try Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
80:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 43 - 8
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
79:00 Try 41 - 8
Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
76:00 Missed Conversion
Thomas Hardy misses a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00 Try 36 - 8
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00 Sub On
Dominic Morphet is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
66:00 Conversion 31 - 8
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Try 29 - 8
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Try 24 - 8
Try for Kidderminster
51:00 Conversion 24 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Try 22 - 3
Tom Wayne scores for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 17 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00 Sub On
Mike Bennett is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
26:00 Conversion 14 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00 Sub On
Tom Wayne is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00 Try 12 - 3
Mike Foulds scores for Spartans (Midlands)
16:00 Conversion 7 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
15:00 Try 5 - 3
Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Kidderminster
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • Kidderminster
  • 0
  • Penalty 10:00'
  • Andy Bushell Try 15:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 16:00'
  • Mike Foulds Try 25:00'
  • Tom Wayne Sub On 25:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 26:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Penalty 30:00'
  • Mike Bennett Sub On 30:00'
  • Tom Wayne Try 50:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 51:00'
  • Try 60:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 65:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 66:00'
  • Dominic Morphet Sub On 70:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 75:00'
  • Andy Bushell Try 79:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Bennett, Alex Bennett, Alex
Atkins, Josh Atkins, Josh
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Shilcof, Ed Shilcof, Ed
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Lambert, Ed Lambert, Ed
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Andrew
O'Donovan, Chris O'Donovan, Chris
Bates-Powell, Perry Bates-Powell, Perry
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 21 98
2. Crewe & Nantwich 22 80
3. Leek 21 69
4. Spartans (Midlands) 22 66
5. Ludlow 22 62
6. Veseyans 22 57
7. Walsall 22 53

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